Best Dartboards

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 26, 2017
What's the most popular throwing game for adults and kids? No need to mention, it's darts! Millions of people play it at home, at pubs, and even at work. However, playing darts requires a special dartboard and we have selected 5 best of them, so pick the best one and hit the bullseye! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Diameter
Wire spider
Blade strip dividers
Darts
Extras
 
PROS
The wiring of this bristle dartboard is 50% thinner than on conventional boards. The triangular shape of the wiring and no staples increase the surface of the board and direct the darts to a target area.
CONS
This super-dense dartboard requires rather heavy darts.
OUR VERDICT
That's an excellent dartboard for professional players and for amateurs who adore this game. A perfect choice not only for home but also for pubs.
detailed parameters
Type
Bristle
Diameter
18"
Wire spider
Triangular shaped wiring
Blade strip dividers
Staple-free blade
Darts
Not included
Extras
Movable number ring
PROS
All scores are displayed on an LED screen, so you know how successfully you hit the board with a dart right away; no need to keep notes! This electronic dartboard includes a number of other games.
CONS
The lightweight soft tip darts aren't that much accurate.
OUR VERDICT
A great choice for parties and leisure as well as for an interesting family pastime. The electronics is capable of keeping scores of up to 8 players.
detailed parameters
Type
Electronic
Diameter
15.5"
Wire spider
Rounded shape
Blade strip dividers
Staple-free blade
Darts
6 soft tip darts
Extras
26 games with 115 different options, Missed darts catch ring
PROS
TG board is made of a low-density material, so the metal bristles stick in without making much noise. Thus, you can play outdoors and cause no discomfort for your neighbors.
CONS
Mounting to a wall may seem rather complicated without having a proper instruction guide.
OUR VERDICT
If you are looking for a simple classic dartboard for a really good price, don't look any further. TG Champion is right what you need!
detailed parameters
Type
Bristle
Diameter
18"
Wire spider
Rounded shape
Blade strip dividers
Staples blade
Darts
Not included
Extras
Movable number ring
PROS
Viper Hudson outdoor dartboard comes with a wooden cabinet with mahogany finish for storing all you need for the game. No need to buy any additional accessories.
CONS
The whole item is quite bulky and the installation isn't that easy, though it's a piece of cake for any handyman.
OUR VERDICT
The exquisite design of this bristle dartboard and a cabinet made of genuine wood will fit perfectly into any office with classic furniture.
detailed parameters
Type
Bristle
Diameter
18"
Wire spider
Rounded shape
Blade strip dividers
Staples blade
Darts
6 starter darts with metal bristles
Extras
Movable number ring, Viper Hudson dartboard cabinet, Dry erase scoreboards and marker
PROS
Magnetic darts are absolutely safe - they are soft and colored differently. The magnets are rather strong, so the dart you throw doesn't come off the spot it hits.
CONS
Though it's a magnetic dartboard, avoid hitting walls anyway.
OUR VERDICT
Thanks to its stylish design and vivid colors, this magnetic dartboard will be particularly great for kids. Also, it's 100% safe!
detailed parameters
Type
Magnetic
Diameter
16"
Wire spider
Rounded shape (painted)
Blade strip dividers
Staple-free blade (painted)
Darts
6 safe flexible magnetic darts
Extras
Balanced Neodymium Magnets, Brightly colored dartboard with large numbers

What is a Darts Board

Do you like playing darts with your friends? You most probably do! This awesome game is immensely popular with people of all ages all over the world. Imagine hitting a bullseye in the evening, during a pleasant pastime with your friends in the backyard. However, some people adore playing this excellent game even in the office! It helps relieve stress and psychological discomfort after a busy working day. Some people get dartboards for their children to have fun. However, dartboards are different and not in price only but in their design as well. Therefore, we have decided to help you make a reasonable choice.

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What Features to Compare

Type

There are several types of dartboards and you should select the one you need. Let's review the main types of dartboards briefly.

  • Bristle Dartboards - they are the most popular and they are used at competitions. The board of this type is usually made of extruded fine sisal fibers, though there are cork boards for darts too. Sisal boards are very puncture-resistant and dense, the holes made by a sharp dart tip 'heal' since the neighboring fibers fill them, so you can use the board for a lot of time.
  • Electronic Dartboards - these have a lot of tiny holes on the surface and each one has a small sensor. When the dart hits the board, the sensor triggers a signal and the electronic brain of the board tells you how successful your dart is. Also, such dartboards keep the score and you always know if you win or lose. These boards have a major advantage - you can enjoy this game with your friends! And there's no need to write down your score on paper. Actually, electronic dartboards are becoming more and more popular because they combine conventional sharp-tipped darts and a highly durable board.
  • Magnetic Dartboards - these are the boards made of magnetic material. The darts aren't sharp-tipped; instead, they have a magnetic tip and just stick to the board. Magnetic dartboards are never used by professional darts players but they are perfect for kids. Why so? Children are very active and very often fool around. Thus, any game for kids must be safe and metal sharp-tipped darts are certainly dangerous. Therefore, if you are looking for a dartboard for your kid, pick a magnetic one. It's safe and very durable.

Also, decide what diameter of a dartboard you prefer. A standard board is usually 18'' wide but some models might have different sizes. No need to mention, dartboards for kids are usually smaller than full-sized.

Darts and Playing Surface

Next, take a look at the playing surface of each dart board. It depends on the type of darts. If you are a professional darts player, you should choose traditional darts with sharp metal tips, they are quite heavy and you can throw them very accurately. Novice players should start with more lightweight darts. Kids should play darts with soft or magnetic tips since they are safe. Also, don't forget to check the type of a wire spider on the board. Each sector of the board is separated from neighboring sectors with a thin wire and the thinner it is, the better the board is. If the wire spider is too thick, the dart might bounce off when it hits it. Also, the best darts boards have no staples.

Convenience

Any board for darts must be convenient for players. The best boards allow you to turn the playing area clockwise and move the number ring; it will prolong the lifespan of the board. Some dartboards come with special, usually wooden cabinets which you can hang on a wall and store there both, darts and the board itself.  If you opt for an electronic dartboard, make sure to check the maximum number of players that it can store in memory so you can keep track of your score. People who look for magnetic dartboards should pick those that have darts with neodymium magnets. They stick better when compared to standard magnets.

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Winmau Blade 4

Type

This is a classic Bristle Dartboard from one of the most renowned manufacturers - Winmau. The board is made of extra-thin and ultra-dense sisal fibers. This material is very durable yet flexible, so the dart board will serve you for long even if you play every day. This is the excellent dartboard for professional players who love shooting darts when aiming the target. The diameter of the board is 18'' and the thickness is 1.5'', in full compliance with the current international standards. In all, this bristle darts board is second to none for professionals.

Darts and Playing Surface

Winmau has manufactured this dartboard for professional competitions. The sectors are separated from each other by thin metal wires that are 50% thinner to those used for older boards of the company. Thus, a dart is unlikely to bounce off the wire spider and you can always get your score. Even if you happen to hit a wiring with a dart, its triangular shape will divert the bristle to the sector. This professional bristle dart board requires heavy darts weighing at least 25 grams. They aren't included in a package, so you ought to buy them separately. This little shortcoming is even beneficial in some way since you can get darts of any shape and color you like best.

Convenience

This board is designed in such a way that you can rotate the playing area around. If you like darts, you know that some sectors get hit a lot more often than the others. So, to prevent a too quick wear of the board, just move the board. The number ring is movable, too, which means the sectors will always be in the correct position. Similar to most other professional boards, this one is shipped without any extra pieces. So, get your darts and shoot them right into the bullseye of this board!

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Winmau Blade 4 Bristle Dartboard
Winmau Blade 4
Winmau Blade 4
 

Viper 777

Type

Viper 777 is an electronic dartboard, so it looks different from bristle and magnetic dart boards. The playing surface is made of plastic and has scores of tiny holes for a dart top to stick in. Once the dart hits one of the holes, the sensor detects your score and you can see how successful your shoot is. This electronic dartboard counts scores of all players, so you don't need to write down your results. Being simple in use, this dartboard is frequently bought by amateur players and those who like having some fun at work. As for the board diameter, it's 15.5'', so this item can't be used for professional sports.

Darts and Playing Surface

This plastic dartboard includes 6 darts (3 per each player) in a package. The tip of a dart and its plumage are made of plastic, while the barrel is made of brass. The tip is quite soft, so this board is great for kids. The darts are well-balanced and, as a result, you can shoot with maximum accuracy. The wire spider is made of plastic (rounded shaped). Therefore, the possibility of bouncing off is very low, your each hit will be successful unless you miss the board! Professional players will easily spot that the colors of a playing surface slightly differ from traditional dartboards, but would it be a problem for the majority? We doubt it a lot.

Convenience

Viper 777 soft tip dartboard has small pouches for storing all darts, so you don't need to find a special place for them. The electronic LCD backlit display is very easy-to-read and it shows the numerical scores of 2 players simultaneously. However, this electronic dartboard can keep the scores of up to 8 players, so you can enjoy playing darts with all your friends! There are 26 games with as many as 115 options, so you can choose the one you like best. The board runs on 4 AA batteries (sold separately) so you can use this board outdoor wherever there's a place to hang it on.

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Viper 777 Electronic Soft Tip Dartboard
Viper 777
Viper 777
 

TG Champion Tournament

Type

As the majority of classic dartboards, this model is made of a wooden plate with short sisal fibers on it and a metal rim around it. In other words, it's a typical Bristle Dartboard, i.e. it's suitable for professional competitions (according to the standards established back in 1970). Therefore, this board is a universal solution for professional and experienced players as well as for novices. The size of the board is 18'' and it's 1.75'' thick.

Darts and Playing Surface

The sectors of this bristle dart board are separated by a rounded metal wire attached to the board with the help of staples. This is a very popular design seen on many dartboards all over the world. This board comes with no darts, so you should buy them separately or use your old ones (if you have them, of course). We recommend using the darts of medium weight, with a metal tip and aluminum or plastic barrel.

Convenience

The playing surface of this dartboard is made of rather soft fibers, so this is an excellent choice for amateur players who've justed started to play and learn how to dart. The board attracts darts, delivering players from the need to shoot hard. TG Champion Tournament Bristle Dartboard can become a great present for your colleague, wife or even kid. It's very easy to maintain and play. The movable ring allows for setting the board in any preferred position so that it doesn't wear off that quick.

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TG Champion Tournament Bristle Dartboard
TG Champion Tournament
TG Champion Tournament
 

Viper Hudson Sisal/Bristle Fiber

Type

This dart board is made of pine tree and thin sisal fibers that, as you know, fill the holes and 'mend' the surface of the board. It's very helpful for those people who play a lot and wish to use the dartboard for as many years as possible. The board is 18'' wide (i.e. in diameter) and has a classic coloring. No need to mention, this is a professional-grade dart board, though if you are an amateur - it'll work same good!

Darts and Playing Surface

This fantastic board comes with 6 Viper Black Mariah darts with a brass barrel and a steel tip. Each dart weighs 22 grams and boasts an excellent balance. Therefore, Viper darts are extremely accurate and they never let you down if you are really good at this game. The wires between the sectors are rounded and rather thin, so no bouncing off is likely to take place. However, the wire spider has staples and it might be a drawback for some players, though it's not such a big deal for regular players on the whole.

Convenience

This Viper Hudson dartboard is inside a stylish wall-mounted cabinet made of genuine pine with a mahogany finish. The cabinet has 2 doors fixed with bronze hinges. When they are closed, the dartboard isn't seen and no one can guess that this piece of furniture hides a game. Thus, this bristle dart board is very popular with businessmen and people who work in offices; whenever they have a short break from work, they open doors and play with their friends and colleagues. Keep the score by writing it down on inner doors and erase each time you start a new game. Easy as that!

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Viper Hudson Sisal Fiber Bristle Dartboard and Cabinet Bundle
Viper Hudson Sisal/Bristle Fiber
Viper Hudson Sisal/Bristle Fiber
 

Doinkit Darts Magnetic

Type

This magnetic dart board is totally safe and that's the main reason why we do recommend it for use of kids and teens. Even if they horse around, there's very little chance they might damage the board or (which is worse) each other. The tips of the darts are soft and blunt, and they easily stick to the metal plate. The construction itself is made of heavy-duty plastic; this makes it a versatile option to play indoors/outdoors. The diameter of the board is 16", it's not the biggest board in our review, but absolutely perfect for kids.

Darts and Playing Surface

There are 6 soft tip darts included in a shipping package, so you can start playing the moment you get the box. You can also buy spare darts to keep on the safe side or just those that you like more. There are plenty of them on the Internet for your choice. Each dart from the package has a balanced neodymium magnet that sticks firmly to the board and doesn't slide off. The darts are painted in different colors, so you've got 3 of the same color per each player. No need to mention, the wire spider is nothing but a painting since a magnetic board doesn't require a real metal wire. Such design has one clear benefit - the darts cannot bounce off the wire!

Convenience

Kids will like the bright colors of the sectors though you should teach them how to use a number ring. The numbers are large and very easy to see, so players will easily know their score. In general, this is the best dartboard for kids and it will be suitable for any child's room. If you want to develop the visual and spatial perception of your kid, get this fantastic and safe dart board. The manufacturer says that this dart board can be used by kids over 6 years old. Also, this magnetic dart board can be a great present!

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Doinkit Darts Magnetic Dart Board
Doinkit Darts Magnetic
Doinkit Darts Magnetic
 
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